Shunpei Yamazaki | The American Ceramic Society

Shunpei Yamazaki


Dr. Shunpei Yamazaki is the founder and president of Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, Co., Ltd (SEL), Japan.

He received his Ph.D., ME, BE of Engineering and honorary Doctor of Culture at Doshisha University, in 1971, 1967, and 2011 respectively. He is also General Managing Director of Foundation for Promotion of Material Science (MST), president and founder of Kato & Yamazaki Educational Foundation (KYEF).

He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon as by Japanese Prime Minister’s Office for the innovation of MOS LSI element technology in 1997, ranked 58th in “the top 100 living geniuses” identified and ranked by Synectics in 2007, and the Invention Prize at the National Commendation for Invention in 2010. He also received SID Special Recognition Award for “discovering CAAC-IGZO semiconductors” and the title of “Friends of Doshisha” in 2015. He has published or co-published over 500 papers or conference presentations, and he is a holder of Guinness World Record under the category of “most patents credited as inventor”, for the total of 11,353 patents as of June 2016. He is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Related to the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), he received the Richard M. Fulrath Award for “the Study on Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Structures” in 1984, and also received the Medal for Leadership in the Advancement of Ceramic Technology from ACerS in 2016.

At present, he is committed to the R&D of an oxide semiconductor, indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO). IGZO FETs have extremely low off-state current, which enables formation of ultra-low-power devices. The IGZO technology potentially replaces the conventional silicon technology.